It’s looking like the snow is here to stay so it seems like a good time to pull out the wintery crafts!
This craft is a bit heavy with parent prep, unless you child can cut pretty well independently, but if they can, of course let them do that part of the parent prep!
Recently, I was privileged to speak on Brain Play™ at the All Hands on Deck conference for the Northern Alberta Preschool Teachers Association. After sharing with them the benefits of Brain Play™ and moving through the eight developmental patterns with them, they all split into groups to come up with their own movement patterns. It was great fun learning new rhymes and ways to play. At the end of the session, I was asked to post each of the movement patterns everyone developed, so they would be able to reference it in the future. Here’s what they came up with. Enjoy!
Dance can be a powerful way for children to express spoken word. While some children are masters of expressive language, others can struggle to communicate ideas, feelings or understanding with words. Dance provides educators a "hands on" way to integrate movement into lanuage arts curriculum. Physicalization provides a powerful way to develop meaningful understanding of new concepts. It can also be used as an alternative assessment tool that recognizes children learn and express their learnings in different ways.
One activity I enjoy doing at my studio with dancers ages 6-12 are Cinquain Dances. A Cinquain is a 5 line poem. There are a few different ways a cinquain can be created but I like to use the following structure:
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